Monday, May 31, 2010
I picked South Riverside Park today because I thought there would be a nice trail for Emily to ride her bike. What I didn't know was that the 6 blocks that the park covers along the west side of the Cedar River just south of Bremer Avenue was the exact parade route for the Memorial Day parade. We utilized the trail and also enjoyed the nice, new playground equipment. There is a nice shelter house and a fun bench swing with beautiful views of the river bend. The nice part is that it's also within reasonable walking distance just a straight-shot 8 blocks from our house.
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Sunday, May 30, 2010
Although Emily has not yet gone through the "why" stage, she constantly asks, "What's that?" She has also started pointing out rational irregularities in books and on TV. For instance, "Chickens don't wear hats." "Rainbows don't have faces." "Bears don't drive cars." This makes reading books a laborious chore sometimes. We rarely actually read the words. I am glad, however, that Emily has finally started choosing library books other than Berenstain Bears. :o)
Emily has also made big strides in riding her bike. She has figured out how to brake and stop at every intersection and alley to look for cars. Yesterday we went to the castle park and back. On the way home she got stopped by a Waverly police officer and received a coupon for a free ice cream treat at DQ for being safe and wearing a helmet.
One sort of sad thing this month has been Emily mentioning every few days that, "I don't like my new house. I want my old house." With further probing it usually comes down to the fact that her old house had a dog. I guess she remembers more about Cheney than I thought. She also still points out the "doggie hotel" (i.e. the vet clinic/boarding place) on the way out of town and sometimes says, "Cheney is in the basement." This gives me a twinge of guilt and sadness, but life is so much less stressful without a dog right now. So Emily is just going to have to wait.
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Saturday, May 29, 2010
As much as I dislike the term, BFF ("best friend forever" for those who need clarification) is probably the best description for this post. One of my dear friends and roommates from college celebrated her birthday yesterday. My other dear friend (since 7th grade) and roommate from college organized a big get-together at Chips in Ankeny to celebrate. Even though it was a bit of a drive, I was super excited to have a girls night out. It was great to catch up with both of them since we only see each other a couple times a year at most and not since Christmas. Angie & Sarah are truly BFF's because no matter how long it has been, we can pick up right where we left off and talk for hours. :o)
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Thursday, May 27, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
"It's not the heat, it's the humidity." I don't outright hate many things in life, but the heat/humidity combo is one of them. It's ironic that in the winter I desperately try to raise the humidity level in the house while in the summer I try just as hard to lower it. Anyway, here's a list of reasons why I hate high humidity in the summer...
- Frizzy hair
- Sticky vinyl or slippery tile floors (this was a huge problem on the ceramic tile in our Denver house)
- All the open packages of crackers/cookies/cereal turning chewy, mushy gross
- Having to keep the bread and all other baked goods in the fridge to keep from going bad right away
- The yucky feeling of being sweaty as soon as you step out of the shower
- Sweating just by virtue of moving
- Perpetuating the growing mold explosion in the bathroom
- Uncomfortable sleeping conditions
- And the #1 reason--it just plain makes me cranky, which makes everyone else cranky because I've discovered the truth in the saying, "If Momma ain't happy, ain't nobody happy!"
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Monday, May 24, 2010
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Sunday marked the beginning of the first big heat/humidity wave of the season. I hate hot & humid weather. Austin loves it. We all cope. Our new house does not have central air conditioning. It does have a big, old, clunky wall unit in the living room, lots of shade trees and a ceiling fan in every room. We're looking into putting in central air, but it's not quite in the budget yet. In the meantime, Austin got a small window air conditioner for Emily's room upstairs on Saturday. Emily thought it was pretty cool being able to stick her hand out the window and wanted to "help" screw in everything.
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Thursday, May 20, 2010
We made it to JCPenney for Lincoln's 12-month portraits. Lincoln's nap schedule was all messed up today, and I ended up having to wake him up to make it to our appointment, so he didn't always smile as big as I know he can. However, we still got some cute shots. Below are some of my favorites plus some collages they put together.
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Wednesday, May 19, 2010
It's hard to believe our sweet little Lincoln turned one today! His current measurements are 19 lbs. 8 oz (8th percentile) and 29.75 inches (51st percentile). He still only has two teeth on the bottom despite my claims that he is teething and swearing that the top two teeth are just about ready to poke through--for the last two months. But don't let his stature and shortage of teeth fool you. He can still out-eat Emily on occasion. Just today at lunch he consumed a large piece of pepperoni pizza, a single-serve container of fruit cocktail, a scoop of fresh steamed green beans and half a piece of birthday cake washed down with a sippy cup of whole milk. Everything was cut up in small pieces, of course, but almost everything makes it into his mouth these days with little spillage into his pocket bib.
Lincoln is so close to walking. With a lot of cajoling he took 3-4 half-size shuffle steps on the deck yesterday. Otherwise he usually just sits down and starts crawling. There is a video in the video player with our attempts. He is also so close to talking. I'm not completely ready to declare his first words yet, but he often says "Mum-mum-mum" and "Dah". It's getting closer to meaning mom & dad.
Right now Lincoln is in the middle of the "dumping" stage--as in his sippy cup off his high chair tray and toys out of the bathtub. He loves the "game" if someone keeps picking things up. Simultaneously, he is also very much into experimenting with picking up and putting objects inside things--like blocks in a bucket or bath toys in a cup.
Lincoln is definitely not as into reading books as Emily was/is. He usually doesn't sit still for more than half of one before he's trying to crawl off your lap and get at something else. He is, however, more and more into pushing wheeled objects around. He also loves playing with the Incrediblock and digging in the sandbox, although he's no longer satisfied with just standing/squatting around the outside. He spends a lot of his time climbing in and out again. :o)
We love our little boy and wish him a very Happy 1st Birthday!
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Monday, May 17, 2010
We were supposed to get Lincoln's one-year portraits done at JCPenney this afternoon, but 3 hours before our appointment he fell and conked his head and sported a nice purple bruise in the middle of his forehead. So I rescheduled for later in the week. Since it was such a beautiful day, I decided to take the kids to a park. Today we went to First Home Park in Waverly. We have been there before because it is located just on the other side of the hospital and is within easy walking distance of our house.
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Sunday, May 16, 2010
We had Lincoln's 1st birthday party today. All the grandparents joined us for church and lunch. After giving Lincoln a chance to take a bit of an afternoon nap we did presents and cake. Here are the highlights in pictures and captions...
Lincoln with his proud grandparents
Dave & Cheryl Lorenzen Terry & Bette Boote
Lincoln opening presents
If you want to laugh out loud, check out the video in the May video player at the bottom of the blog and listen for Emily's "helpful hints" on the fine art of unwrapping gifts. She actually did surprisingly well at keeping her hands off. It would have taken Lincoln all afternoon to unwrap things, so she eventually got to help.
Helping Daddy put together the Little People Racin' Ramps Garage
Books & Toys
The beautiful cross-stitch picture for his room made by Grandma Lorenzen
Lincoln's cake (nothing super fancy)
Both of my kids have disappointed me in the "messy cake face" department. At least Lincoln touched his cake. He actually just enjoyed pounding it with a spoon.
He never actually tasted any of it. I cut some up to try and encourage him.
But he settled for just apple juice. Oh well.
A new tradition: the birthday crown
I found this at Factory Card & Party Outlet (a.k.a. "The Birthday Party Store") and thought it would be a fun tradition for the birthday kid to wear. Emily has been begging to wear it all the time.
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